is being instituted to solve and
how successful it is. For some
organizations, this could be an
ongoing endeavor, while for
others, teams may form and be
dissolved to meet particular needs
by — to use our own terminology
— creating swarm incubators. As
our first incubator team, we were
given the great opportunity to
shape the future setup of the legal
incubator, but were also made
aware that our success would
determine whether the initiative
would be supported going forward.
We are happy to report that the BI
legal incubator has a green light
for the future.
Whatever you create your own
innovations team for — whether it’s
large or small, short-term or long-
term — think about the future of
your in-house department for its own
sake and not just in response to the
needs of the business. Maybe, when
it’s done, you’ll find yourselves not
merely at lookouts, pointing to haz-
ards that lie along a course that the
business has already set, but as navi-
gators, standing by the captain’s side,
and not only guiding the way safely,
but helping determine where the ship
will sail next. Not just business part-
ners, but also true innovators. ACC
1 The global legal function at Boehringer
Ingelheim is comprised of different
departments depending on the region
and outside of the United States, and
includes compliance and the legal
business units. The legal incubator
is designed to represent the global
legal function in its broadest sense.
2 Superfluid means a multi-faceted
workforce which can disperse
into the organization outside
of traditional structures.
3 Atomizing means that advice and
information will be dispersed and
available to the business through
multiple channels and, where possible,
on demand, freeing up our human
resources for more high-value work.
4 Swarming means a self-organized
workforce that deploys to meet the
needs of the organization when and
where needed, optimizing our resources
and our developmental opportunities.
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